TD 9 strengthens into Tropical Storm Isaac

TD 9 strengthens into Tropical Storm Isaac

The once powerful Florence took a hit Thursday, but its life as a major hurricane is likely not over just yet, and it has East Coast residents on the edge of their seats.

According to an 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Florence's maximum sustained winds have intensified to 75 miles per hour. The storm is moving west at 5 miles per hour.

Officials in North Carolina are already bracing for impact.

The governor held a press conference Sunday afternoon alongside state emergency response officials to update the state on the potential impacts Hurricane Florence can have on SC.

The National Hurricane Center is advising people in the hurricane's path to prepare for potentially life-threatening storm surges, freshwater flooding and damaging winds as Florence impacts the U.S. this week. The storm could impact anywhere from northern Florida to north of the Washington, D.C., area, producing life-threatening conditions.

The governors of North and SC both issued states of emergency ahead of the storm. "The last Atlantic hurricane to intensify as rapidly as far north as Florence's current location was Hurricane Humberto in 2007", he said.

In Charleston, South Carolina, along the coast, city officials offered sandbags to residents.

The massive hurricane poses a serious threat as it barrels toward a landfall somewhere along the East Coast on Thursday.

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The hurricane is forecast to travel through Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday. Additional strengthening is expected during the next few days and Helene is forecast to become a hurricane on Sunday.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said his state was "in the bullseye" of the storm and urged people to "get ready now".

WSVN 7 News forecaster, Vivian Gonzalez, said on Saturday: "In the tropics, we are tracking tropical storm Florence, likely to strengthen to a major storm, maybe a Category 4 system, heading into the middle part of next week". The rapidly intensifying storm could strike a direct and risky blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic region later this week, possibly as a fearsome category 4.

Florence is the first Category 4 hurricane of 2018 of the Atlantic season.

As of Monday evening, Florence was 500 miles in diameter, much larger than the typical 300-mile-wide hurricane.

The National Hurricane Center said Florence was at Category 4 strength and will produce extremely unsafe conditions for land in its path.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday morning that Tropical Storm Isaac was centered about 1,540 miles (2,475 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands.

A westward motion is forecast to continue through the end of the week, with Isaac expected to move across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea Wednesday night or Thursday.

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